The political science major is designed to provide a sound basis for both graduate and career work in such fields as government service, law, teaching, politics, journalism, and foreign service. The department offers a wide range of rigorous courses on American political institutions, law, contemporary public policy, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The department emphasizes writing, critical reading, analysis and problem solving, and research skills within the context of questions about values. Though the major allows students the option to focus their studies on just about any area of interest, concentrations in pre-law, international relations, environmental studies and politics, and applied politics are available, and specialized contract majors and minors allow students to create more specialized programs of study.
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